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Fetishism Is Steven Meisel's Pirelli Calendar Theme

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A few details on the upcoming calendar, from Vanity Fair Italia (here & here):

- Photographer: Steven Meisel

- Edition: 51st

- Year: 2015

- Shot in: May 2014

- Location: New York City

- Theme: Fetishism

- Stylist: Carine Roitfeld

- Number of Models: 12

- Revealed models: Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Natalia Vodianova, Candice Huffine, Sasha Luss...

- Number of copies to be printed: 17,000

- Bonus: A peek at Sasha

Dov Charney Now A 'Strategic Consultant' For American Apparel

The Cut:



Whatever you think of Dov Charney — and people have a lot of opinions — the man is a master strategist. Now, he's managed to work his way back into the American Apparel fold, with a new job title as, appropriately, "strategic consultant." How did we get here? Well, it sounds like Charney basically forced his former employer's hand by buying up nearly half of the company, with some help from Standard General. Now Charney, AA, and Standard General have come to an agreement wherein Standard General is injecting up to $25 million into the company and getting its own seat on the board.

★ Eileen Ford Dead At 92

People: Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Models, Is Dead at 92



Eileen-ford-600Eileen Ford, who co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry in 1946 – essentially inventing the modern modeling business, and exerting enormous influence on the world's views of human beauty – has died at 92.

She had been hospitalized last week after suffering a fall at her New York apartment.

Dov Charney Set to Sue American Apparel

LA Times: Dov Charney demands American Apparel job back or he'll sue, says lawyer



Dov Charney is gearing up for a legal battle against the American Apparel Inc. board that ousted him as chief executive.

In a letter to the board's counsel, Charney's lawyer, Patricia Glaser, accused the directors of illegally firing its chief executive and chairman last week. She said Charney planned to pursue legal action against the Los Angeles retailer unless he was reinstated.

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The board of directors gave Charney an ultimatum: resign from all his positions at the company or be terminated for cause, the letter said.

If Charney resigned, he would be paid a multimillion-dollar severance and stay on as a consultant for the company for four years, the letter said. If he did not resign, he would be fired along with public statements explaining the board's decision that would contain what Glaser described as "false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Charney."

The board gave Charney the choice at noon at the Wednesday meeting, and told him he had until 4:30 p.m. to make a decision, the letter said. The deadline was later stretched to 9 p.m. that same day.

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"We question the legitimacy and thoroughness of any investigation that did not involve any discussion whatsoever with Mr. Charney," Glaser wrote. The charges mostly "involve activities that occurred long ago (if at all) and about which the board and the company have had knowledge for years."

American Apparel Ads To Stay Put Under Interim CEO

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American Apparel CFO John Luttrell, interim CEO]

LA Times:


But Luttrell said Thursday that the company had no plans to change its "made in America" commitment, or to leave downtown Los Angeles, and did not intend to sanitize its signature look.

"The edgy marketing and advertising is a big part of the brand," he said. "There is no reason to change it. It works."


Good to hear.

Dov Charney Out

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LA Times: American Apparel ousts CEO; source says Dov Charney 'will fight like hell'



Dov Charney, the controversial CEO of American Apparel, was ousted Wednesday by the company's board of directors, who said the action “grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct.”

The board voted to replace Charney as chairman and “notified him of its intent to terminate his employment as President and CEO for cause,” according to a statement.

“This is not easy, but we felt the need to do what we did for the sake of the company,” Allan Mayer, the company’s newly-appointed co-chairman, told The Times. “Our decision to do what we did was not the result of any problems with the company’s operations.”

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Mayer said the board launched an investigation earlier this year after “new information came to light.”

Charney’s behavior problems did not appear to be criminal in nature, but involved his personal conduct with women and poor judgement, said a source familiar with the matter.


Curious what will happen to the ad image of the brand!

Three Lead Characters For 'True Detective' Season Two

The Verge:


When it returns to HBO for a second season, True Detective will feature three main characters. Show creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that key detail in an interview with To The Best of Our Knowledge. Those characters will be new to the show — true to its anthology format — with casting slated to kick off in the coming weeks.

★ Steven Meisel to Helm the 2015 Pirelli Calendar

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Now we're talking.

Telegraph:


Famed - and often controversial - fashion photographer Steven Meisel will photograph the 2015 edition of the iconic Pirelli Calendar

Tidbit: 3 Photographers For Louis Vuitton's Coming Fall Campaign, Meisel Out

WWD:


Word has it Nicolas Ghesquière’s first fashion campaign for Louis Vuitton will break the mold as he has tapped not one, but three leading photographers. It is understood the advertising will somehow blend images shot by Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller.

The faces of the campaign are familiar to Ghesquière’s universe and include the actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, as first reported in WWD Collections magazine on April 14, and models Liya Kebede and Freja Beha Erichsen, both of whom walked in Ghesquière’s debut Vuitton show for fall 2014.

Two Billionaires Physically Fight Over Miranda Kerr

Gawker: Two Billionaires Got Into an All-Out Street Brawl Over Miranda Kerr


Two Australian billionaires apparently started punching each other in broad daylight last week when one confronted the other about dating Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr after leaving his wife and children last year. According to reports, billionaire Australian media moguls David Gyngell and James Packer ended up rolling around on a Sydney sidewalk last Sunday when Gyngell confronted Packer on the street outside his home.

Gyngell, a childhood friend who also served as Packer's best man in 2007, was apparently concerned with the way Packer had been treating his estranged wife since their split. "He fully accepts that he was the instigator of the incident," a spokesman for Gyngell told the Daily News. "Clearly, had he not turned up at Packer's premises in an angry mood then the confrontation would never have occurred."

The men had to be separated by their respective bodyguards and both were fined $500 for "offensive behavior." Packer walked away with a black eye but declined to press charges against his childhood friend. "We have been friends for 35 years and still are," the pair said in a joint statement.



China In Process of Arresting Models

Fashionista:


This past Thursday, over 60 models — most from western countries like the United States and European nations — were taken into custody by Chinese officials for working illegally under tourist visas.

A source tells us that Beijing police set up a fake casting at Chinese agency M3 in order to find models who were working illegally. Those who showed up were taken into custody and had their passports and cell phones confiscated.

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Models have been advised to hide comp cards while out — if they even go on castings at all, which they have also been advised against. Some agencies have moved their models to Hong Kong, where it is easier to get a work permit, or to hotels where they are to behave as tourists.

CLIO 2014 Winners

Kate Moss by Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014

Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014 (featuring Kate Moss) wins the CLIO 2014 Print Grant Prestige Award. All Winners here.